The occupant of a home at 8052 Rio De Janeiro Drive was using a torch Tuesday afternoon while working on plumbing when it started a fire in the wall of the two story home. Fire dispatchers received the first call at 2:29 p.m. stating that smoke was coming out of the wall.
Las Vegas firefighters arrived a few minutes later and found that the heat of the torch started a fire inside the wall. Firefighters opened the wall and put the fire out.
The fire caused $25,000 damage. A family of four is displaced because of the fire. The family did not want assistance from the American Red Cross. There were no reported injuries.
Fires of this type are common while working on plumbing. Heat can travel a great distance from where the torch is being used and start a fire inside the wall where it can not be seen. Use of a torch while working on plumbing should only be done by qualified technicians.
The fire was ruled accidental.
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